EvtecHs Elly Phase 6

In the course of a normal game an Elly is extremely difficult to detect.

You shift your weight and change direction in a single stride.

Your opponent will have virtually no time to react.

Make sure you use it when it really counts.

Effectiveness of your Elly

The effectiveness of your elly will depend on...

  • Your ability to spot and evaluate weaknesses
    • you must concentrate on seeing spaces and gaps rather than players!
    • re-read all about sidesteps on the rest of the site
  • The strength of your legs 
    • especially in relation to what they must carry... you!
    • especially the ability to hinge at the knee to absorb the shock of landing
    • as a guide I would say the faster you can hop the better!
  • The timing of the step
    • too late and they've got you
    • too early and it's wasted, they can cut you off
    • practice beating lamp post, bollards and telegraph poles - anything that hurts if you crash into it. Leave the step as late as you can and still survive.
    • also practice in open space - just one after another aim to step the instant you think of doing so - always keep in mind an imaginary try-line, know where you are going.
  • The appropriateness of your speed at the time
    • too slow they catch you
    • too fast you may stumble or fall
  • How well you choose the angle of your attack
    • at slow to moderate pace almost any angle will be OK.
    • running faster you must create a situation where you can maintain your speed and momentum. Look at the diagram below.

When you are running, planning is needed

Use this 'Y' change of direction so you maintain speed and momentum.

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  1. At anything other than close range, run straight towards the defender. This fixes the defender in place. Their only real choice is whether to stay and wait for you or moves backwards or forwards along that line. This is an advantage for you. You are telling them where they can move. You preserve any space on either side of them. They can't start running an angle to cut you off.
  2. As you get nearer to the defender make it clear that you intend to run past them by clearly aiming for one of their shoulders. They will have to respond or run the risk that you will just run straight past them. Now you have them moving in the opposite direction to the one you really intend to travel past them.
  3. At the right moment you chuck an Elly! You have a huge advantage. You know when and where you are going to do it. You have to judge when is the right moment. If there are no other defenders it is relatively easy - there will be a big window of opportunity, you can hardly get it wrong. If there are other defenders close your timing will have to be good so you avoid them as well.
Running at one shoulder of the defender will have taken you away to one side of your previous course. When you perform the Elly you simply switch angles so you are now traveling down the other part of the 'Y'.

This allows you to maintain much of your forward momentum.

The defender, positioning and preparing for a tackle has a much more difficult task. Most times they will get nowhere near you! An added bonus is that the change in direction has an explosive nature and happens without warning. Most close players will be taken completely by surprise and easily brushed off. You simply exchange one forward angle for another.

You achieve your objective of getting to the try-line as quickly and directly as possible.

These principles apply if you are facing a single player or a defensive line. You break through a defensive line by attacking a single player in that line.

Make sure you read all about sidesteps on the rest of the site.

Fine Tuning your Elly

Fine tuning is all that remains.

The degree to which you are able to change direction varies with how well you transfer your weight.

You must practice, practice, practice.

Go too early and it's wasted, they can react and intercept.

Go too late and it's wasted, you run straight into them.

Timing is everything.

You will have done it so many times in practice you do it in a flash.

That means you do it almost as soon as you think of it, which helps a lot!

End of the Elly Summary

the start of something NEW

Now you are confident

    you can do this under pressure

    it's time to do the real thing

    Go on...get going... go and chuck an Elly!